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Monday, May 23, 2011 - VHA Inc. Honors Covenant Health Organizations

VHA Inc., a national health care network, has presented 2011 VHA Leadership Awards to Methodist Medical Center, Parkwest Medical Center, and Covenant Health.


and Parkwest received VHA Leadership Awards for Clinical Excellence, honoring both hospitals for providing consistently high levels of clinical care and improving the patient care experience.


Covenant Health
received a VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence for the accomplishments of Covenant Sterile Solutions, the department which supplies surgical packs for the health system.


Because the health system received multiple awards for excellence, Covenant Health also received the VHA President’s Award of Honor for 2011.


“These VHA Leadership Awards are significant achievements for our hospitals and health system,” said Tony Spezia, President and CEO of Covenant Health. “VHA comprises a large number of healthcare providers nationwide, so the bar is set very high in terms of qualifying for the awards. As award recipients, Methodist, Parkwest and Covenant Health have been recognized as top achievers among their peer organizations.”


The VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence is given annually to organizations that achieve top performance on the clinical core measures established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Services (HCAHPS) survey that measures patient satisfaction at hospitals across the country.


"We are extremely proud of this recognition from VHA,” said Mike Belbeck, President and Chief Administrative Officer for Methodist.  “Our staff works hard every day to assure that our patients and community receives the highest quality of care we can provide. This award recognizes that commitment."


VHA, which serves more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute healthcare providers nationwide, selected only 28 member hospitals, including Methodist and Parkwest, to receive the 2011 Clinical Excellence Award.


“These award-winning hospitals have clearly demonstrated an organizational commitment to look at the organizational practices, organizational structures and relationships that support performance improvement,” said Trent Haywood, MD, JD, chief medical officer at VHA.


Covenant Health was one of only eight VHA member hospitals nationwide to receive the 2011 VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence, given annually to member organizations that demonstrate high levels of performance in one of four areas:  1) Sourcing and resource management; 2) Distribution, logistics and inventory management; 3) Supply chain innovation and creativity; and 4) Supplier diversity.


Covenant Sterile Solutions received the award for achieving overall objectives such as reducing surgical pack supply costs, standardizing multiple packs for the system, reducing inventory levels, minimizing waste and improving customer service for end users.


“Improving supply chain performance positively impacts the bottom line and positions the organization to extend its resources to provide more care,” said Scott Downing, executive vice president at VHA.


The awards were presented earlier this month at the VHA national leadership conference in San Diego, Calif.